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PrefaceIntroduction: A Shrinking Planet1. DisembeddingGlobalization and DistanceTowards a More Abstract WorldAbstract Time and TemperatureMoney as a Means of CommunicationAbstract MusicPrinting and FactoriesNationalism as a Template for GlobalizationOther Disembedding MechanismsDisembedded FriendshipNeoliberal Economics and DisembeddingCritics of Disembedding2. SpeedTime-space CompressionAccelerated ChangeFriedman's "Flatteners"Acceleration in the MediaBourdieu's PessimismSimultaneitySome Further Implications of AccelerationThe Unevenness of Speed3. StandardizationSome Standards of a Global ModernitySome Contemporary Forms of StandardizationObsolescenceBilingualism and StandardizationThe Globalization of NothingMcWorld and Its DiscontentsMS WordThe Shipping Container and StandardizationResistance to Standardization4. ConnectionsCriticisms of Methodological NationalismThe Network SocietyCommunication NetworksA Networked Global Economy?Globalization from BelowGlobal Governance?TranslationRemittances and Cheap CallsSoccer and GlobalizationDelinking, Chosen, and EnforcedA World of SlumsConnectedness and Disjunctures5. MobilityTransnational MigrationTransnational ConnectionsOutsourcing the Nation-state?The Growth of TourismThe Tourist and the RefugeeLong-distance NationalismGendered MigrationNostalgia6. MixingForms of MixingHybridity and CreolizationWorld MusicA Mixed Family in MauritiusA Model7. RiskNatural and Manufactured Risks?Perceived Risk and Real ConsequencesInvasive SpeciesClimate ChangeClimate Change and Global DemocracyWavering Trust in Expert SystemsDealing with Global Risks LocallyGlobalization and Wars on TerrorHuman Rights and Security8. Identity PoliticsThe Politicized Concept of CultureIdentity Politics as a Response to GlobalizationA Grammar of Identity PoliticsIndigenous StrategiesReembedding in DiasporasTrust and Social CapitalNeonationalism and Islamism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Human Rights and Identity Politics9. AlterglobalizationProtest MovementsThe Transnational Occupy MovementAlterglobalizing Strategies in the SouthThe Slowness MovementFrom the Arab Spring to the Snowden AffairAfterword: An Overheated WorldBibliographyIndex

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A new edition of Thomas Eriksen's lively introduction to globalization, revised and updated to provide an overview of the current key concepts, discussions and debates.

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway.


This book does an excellent job of defining key concepts and terms in a clear, accessible and engaging way, without 'dumbing down'. The case studies are interesting, drawing on a variety of different cultures, countries and regions, to illustrate the concepts at hand. * Caroline A. Hartzell, Professor of Political Science, Gettysburg College, USA *
This is a great introduction to the study of globalization! To organize the text along key concepts is a brilliant idea as it helps students to understand the complex integration of various dimensions of globalization and pushes them to ask new and pertinent questions. * Sylva Frisk, University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies, Sweden *
Globalization: The Key Concepts cuts through the vast scholarship on globalization with powerful, simple ideas. Packed with thought-provoking examples, this book is accessible and intelligent, providing a good grounding in the fundamentals while introducing students to major scholarly debates. An excellent introduction to the field. * Emma Reisz, Lecturer in Asian History, History and Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, UK *
Eriksen's book is perhaps the best one volume survey on globalization available. With a clear and conversational writing style, he weaves together theory, explanation and contemporary examples into an effective overview of the causes, consequences, concepts, and debates regarding globalization. * Mark Dailey, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Green Mountain College, USA *

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